Jun 27, 2013 at 12:53 pm
ST. CLOUD, Minn. (KNSI) - Former St. Cloud State Husky hockey player Drew LeBlanc is up for another prestigous award. This year's Hobey Baker Award winner is nominated for an ESPY award as the Best College Male Athlete of the Year.
ESPN hands out the awards each year. The ceremony will take place in Los Angeles on July 17. Fanz can vote for LeBlanc by participating in the only ESPY fan voting.
LeBlanc gained an ESPY nomination for the Best College Male Athlete of the Year along with notables Trey Burke of Michigan (basketball), Kyle Dake of Cornell (wrestling) and Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M (football).
LeBlanc capped his senior year by earning the 2013 Hobey Baker Award winner as the nation's top collegiate hockey player. He is the first player in the history of the SCSU hockey program to receive the award.
A native of Hermantown, Minn., LeBlanc led the nation with 37 assists and had 50 points in 2012-13. A first-team CCM All-American, LeBlanc became the first player in the history of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association to earn the league's Player of the Year Award and also the WCHA's Student-Athlete of the Year award in the same season.
The senior captain helped lead the Huskies to the NCAA Midwest Region Championship and SCSU's first every trip to the Frozen Four. The Huskies won their first ever WCHA regular-season title, finishing the year with a 25-16-1 overall mark and an 18-9-1 WCHA record.
LeBlanc, the first athlete from St. Cloud State to be nominated for an ESPY, signed a professional contract with the Chicago Blackhawks and made his NHL debut in April.
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